POTASSIUM SOAP: HOW TO USE THIS NATURAL PESTICIDE

What is potassium soap for your plants

If you are looking for a natural solution to get rid of pests affecting your plants, you are in the right place. If you haven’t discovered the benefits of potassium soap yet, you’re in luck because we’re going to explain it all 😉. 

What is potassium soap? 

Potassium soap or potash is used as a natural pesticide for the control of pests such as aphids or blackleg, and it’s highly effective.

It’s a natural substance composed of water, fats or lipids, and potassium hydroxide. One of its advantages is that it’s safe for use in organic farming crops, as it’s non-toxic. In addition, it doesn’t penetrate plant leaves and decomposes quickly.

So if you are looking for an effective solution to combat aphid pests that often appear on plants in your garden, potassium soap is a very useful home remedy that we recommend. 

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This soap can remove the waxy protection that these insects usually leave behind, which dehydrates them and keeps them at bay. In addition, it provides potassium to plants, which helps them get stronger. We show you how to make potassium soap as an insecticide at home!

Preparation of potassium soap

You can buy potassium soap in most garden stores or nurseries and use it directly on plants affected by pests. However, it is also possible to increase its effectiveness by preparing a powerful insecticide by adding other ingredients. And the best thing is that it is very easy to make!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon potassium soap
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of 96-proof alcohol
  • 1 liter of hot water

Instructions:

  1. Add 1 liter of hot water to a container.
  2. Then also add 1 tablespoon of potassium soap and mix well so that everything dissolves. 
  3. Add one tablespoon of vinegar and one tablespoon of alcohol.
  4. Mix everything until it is homogeneous.
  5. Let the mixture stand for one hour.
  6. Pour the liquid into a bottle, preferably a spray bottle.

Tips for using the potassium soap mixture

Here are some tips for using potassium soap mixture as an insecticide to prevent and combat aphids:

  • Apply the mixture during sunrise or sunset.
  • Avoid applying it on windy or rainy days to avoid product loss.
  • It’s more effective to use a sprayer and apply the mixture in the area where the insect is concentrated.
  • Don’t over-wet the area.
  • Repeat the treatment every five days until the pest has disappeared.

And remember to check all parts of the plant carefully.

Make sure to pay special attention to the hidden leaves and the back of the plant!

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